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It Begins. Malloy Notifies Union Leaders of Potential Layoffs.

Dear CSU-AAUP members,

During a meeting Tuesday evening with the governor’s office, SEBAC leaders were notified the governor will annouce the beginnings of the layoff contingency plan.

According to the governor’s staff, action is being taken now because of notice requirements in various collective bargaining agreements. The governor will identify the largest 12 executive branch agencies funded by the General Fund, plus OPM and DAS, for the first round of layoffs. More widespread layoffs will happen if there is no success from the SEBAC exploratory talks. CSU-AAUP members are not at risk of layoffs presently.

Here’s what you can do to help:

Click here to contact your legislators and tell them to stand up for public higher education and Connecticut’s working and middle class families.

Tell them about the new study done by our own CCSU economists and the Center for Public Policy and Social Research that shows Connecticut not only has the lowest Total Effective Business Tax Rate (TEBTR) in the region, including New York and New Jersey, but also in the United States. Connecticut also has the lowest business taxes per private sector worker in the region, and the lowest business taxes as a share of state and local taxes in the United States. This report is also attached to this email and available for you to share widely.

A budget that works for everyone is possible!

While SEBAC leaders continue to explore ways that state workers can provide help in the state’s fiscal challenges, the uncertainty of thousands of public service workers who serve Connecticut’s families and communities are more proof of a rigged economy and a rigged tax system that protects only the very wealthy few. Layoffs and service cuts threaten public health and safety, our children’s education, and our state’s future. They only hurt the economy more and lead to more fiscal crises.

Thank you for taking action.

Elizabeth Newberg

Communication and Research Associate

Connecticut State University – American Association of University Professors